Sec FWX media monitor, 6th here

The Section FWX media monitor posts, 6th, may be submitted here with the usual deadline this Thursday 5pm Oct. 4.

   The additional bonus topic of evaluating a news report or news feature of any opinion survey or election survey or trust rating survey, using the standards discussed in class, is being listed here, making it the 14th.

   Happy reading!

10 thoughts on “Sec FWX media monitor, 6th here

  1. 6th Media Monitor
    BONUS: reporting on surveys

    The latest Pulse Asia poll on the 2019 senatorial race was reported in a news story on Rappler. According to the Associated Press 2018 Stylebook on Polls and Surveys, “poll results that seek to preview the outcome of an election must never be the lead, headline or single subject of any story.” The headline of the said report is “Women in top 5 of Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race” while its lead enumerates the top five women leading the pre-election poll. This is a clear violation of the AP stylebook since pre-election polls always reflect voters’ opinion. The report mentioned the question at the very start and therefore followed the AP stylebook that says, “disclose the questions asked.” The report successfully stated that the poll was conducted by Pulse Asia but the financiers of the poll were not mentioned, this violates the AP provision that says, “any poll suitable for publication must disclose who conducted and paid for the research.” The news article has also provided the poll’s margin of error, confidence level and number of respondents and therefore abides by the AP stylebook’s provision that states, “always include a short description of how a poll meets the standards, allowing readers and viewers to evaluate the results for themselves.” The report was accurate on its usage of statistically leading since Grace Poe’s percentage (70.1%) was way higher than the second place (57.7%) based on the survey’s margin of error following AP stylebook’s provision that states, “if the difference between two response options is more than twice the margin of error, then the poll shows one candidate is leading or one group is larger than another.” The report also cited Duterte’s order to void Trillanes’ amnesty as a possible reason for PDP’s senatorial bets’ failure to enter the poll’s top 20 following AP stylebook’s provision that states, “the timeliness of results is especially crucial in reporting on pre-election polls.”
    

    SOURCES:
    https://apstylebook.com/topical_most_recent
    https://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2019/212566-pulse-asia-september-survey-senate-race

  2. 6th media monitor
    Bonus: Reporting on surveys

    GMA news recently made a report on how Duterte’s net satisfaction rating has improved to a “very good” caliber.
    Satisfying the standards-provisions stemming from Associated Press 2018 Stylebook, this media coverage of GMA included the name of the organization who conducted the scientific survey – SWS -, the date it was conducted, and brief results positing that “the survey results released on Saturday showed that 70 percent of adult Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte, which is five points higher than his gross satisfaction rating of 65 percent in June 2018.” By doing so, the coverage properly established the context. Similarly, the news report satisfies the criteria mandated by the Associated Press 2018 Stylebook as it compared surveys that are conducted by the same organization in different periods of time. The numerical differences in the results were briefly discussed as well.

    Similarly, the coverage also posited the size and demographic characteristics of the samples, the margin of error, and the method. According to the report, the study surveyed 1500 adults who were 18 years old and above nationwide through face-to-face interviews, and had “±3% for national percentages, and ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao” for margins of error.

    However, using the 2018 Stylebook as the premise, the media coverage failed to deepen the context it provided as it did not include recent events that could be related to the results of the study. Similarly, albeit beyond the control of the news organization, the entity who funded this survey of the SWS was not disclosed.

    Sources:
    Associated Press 2018 Stylebook
    Layug, M. (2018, September 29). SWS: Duterte net satisfaction rating in Q3 improves, now ‘very good’. Retrieved on October 3, 2018, from http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/669527/sws-duterte-net-satisfaction-rating-in-q3-improves-now-very-good/story/

  3. Bonus: Reporting on Surveys

    The past 2 years of the Duterte Administration and its aversion towards anything remotely related to the past administration has have predictably taken its toll on the popularity of the Aquino name. In the latest Pulse Asia survey on senatoriables for the 2019 elections, Sen. Bam Aquino has dropped out of the so-called “Magic 12” and slipped down to the 20th spot. Previous surveys had pegged him included in the fringes of the Magic 12 count. Notably, the survey is dominated by politicians supportive of the present Administration, which can connote that amidst surging prices and controversies, the Duterte Regime has maintained its ground of popularity and support from the masses.
    Aquino attributes this slip to the inclusion of his celebrity cousin and last-namesake Kris Aquino in the choices, which created a division with the voters in who to choose. He also maintains that when the actual election arrives, the filipino voters will choose senators who think independently, and who have their interests as first priority.
    The survey utilised a face-to-face interview method with 1,800 respondents who are all registered voters.

    Sources:
    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1035117/bam-aquino-magic-12-pulse-asia-survey

  4. 6th Media Monitor
    Regular: Bring back Office of Press Secretary, Senate chief urges

    In an article dated October 4, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Senate President Vicente Sotto III urged the government to do away with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and bring back the Office of Press Secretary. Sotto stated that the PCOO and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) were created during former President Aquino’s administration, and that the PCDSPO was abolished but the Duterte administration retained the PCOO. He believes that the two offices were created to accommodate friends and allies of the President, and that the PCOO has veered away from its true objectives.

    This news could be related to the recent resignation of Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, who was prompted to resign because of the legislature’s delaying the approval of the PCOO budget. Sotto’s assertion that the PCOO operates differently from its intended purpose could also be connected to the questionable performance of Uson.

    This news article showcased the Society of Journalists’ Code of Ethics provision that states that journalists should “gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.” The journalist diligently followed the story of the PCOO following Uson’s resignation, thus allowing readers to connect the news stories and keep themselves aware of the happenings in politics.

    Sources:
    CNN Philippines Staff. “Duterte accepts Mocha Uson’s resignation from PCOO.” cnnphilippines.com, October 4, 2018, http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/10/03/Mocha-Uson-resigns-as-Communications-PCOO-Asec.html.

    Salaverria, Leila B. “Bring back Office of Press Secretary, Senate chief urges.” inquirer.net, October 4, 2018, https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1038979/bring-back-office-of-press-secretary-senate-chief-urges.

    “SPJ Code of Ethics.” SPJ, 9 Sept. 2014, http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp.

  5. 6th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Poll: Most Pinoys have confidence in Trump, but many countries are frustrated

    In an article dated October 2, the Philippine Star reported that Filipinos’ confidence and trust in US President Trump has improved, and that the Philippines is one of the countries that views Trump very positively. This analysis was derived from a survey taken by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American research center, from May 20 to August 12 of this year. This survey was administered to 25 countries.

    The poll showed that 78% of the Filipino correspondents have positive views of Trump. This is higher than the 69% reading from last year. Former US President Obama, however, still leads in Trump, with a 94% trust rating from Filipino correspondents. Only four countries have gave Trump a trust rating higher than 50%, namely the Philippines, Israel, Nigeria and Kenya. The research center also found that Trump’s election caused the USA’s public image to nosedive.

    The article was not an accurate report of the survey because the reporter failed to include details about the survey’s methodology. There were no details about how many correspondents were tapped, nor were there any about the correspondents’ backgrounds. Furthermore, the reporter did not mention how the surveys were conducted. He also did not disclose the questions being asked the correspondents. As such, it is safe to say that the reporting of this survey is questionable because of its lack of details.

    Source:
    Cigaral, Ian Nicolas. “Most Pinoys have confidence in Trump, but many countries are frustrated.” philstar.com, October 2, 2018, https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/02/1856667/poll-most-pinoys-have-confidence-trump-many-countries-are-frustrated

  6. Just recently, the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines enumerated a list of Philippine universities, accusing them as breeding grounds for the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

    “Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), had infiltrated 18 schools in Metro Manila, including De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).”

    I believe that this was a very irresponsible move on the part of the Parlade. In his interview, he openly accused these schools of being part of these communist organizations without any proof or source to his claim. The claim was clearly a conspiracy theory that the chief of staff, and other members of the administration. He did not release any reasons to believe their ousting plot theory. This statement caused an uproar among the student councils and school officials of the 18 said schools. The allegation of CPP and NPA members could place harm upon the students of the said schools. As consistently applied by the agenda setting theory of the media, this claim may eventually become harmful to those accused. Peoples’ perceptions of the students from these schools may change, leading them to probable danger.

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1038966/afp-reds-recruiting-in-18-schools-for-oust-duterte-plot

  7. MEDIA MONITORING
    BONUS: HATE SPEECH

    Just recently, the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines enumerated a list of Philippine universities, accusing them as breeding grounds for the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

    “Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), had infiltrated 18 schools in Metro Manila, including De La Salle University (DLSU) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).”

    I believe that this was a very irresponsible move on the part of the Parlade. In his interview, he openly accused these schools of being part of these communist organizations without any proof or source to his claim. The claim was clearly a conspiracy theory that the chief of staff, and other members of the administration. He did not release any reasons to believe their ousting plot theory. This statement caused an uproar among the student councils and school officials of the 18 said schools. The allegation of CPP and NPA members could place harm upon the students of the said schools. As consistently applied by the agenda setting theory of the media, this claim may eventually become harmful to those accused. Peoples’ perceptions of the students from these schools may change, leading them to probable danger.

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1038966/afp-reds-recruiting-in-18-schools-for-oust-duterte-plot

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